A quick cheat sheet on the Temporary 6-Month-Closure of Boracay Island, Philippines.
What, WTF, and other details: Temporary Closure of Boracay
President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the temporary closure of Boracay Island from Tourism. This recommendation has been placed to give way to the No. 1 Island's rehabilitation.
The lovely sunset of Boracay Island
Duterte has described Boracay as a 'cesspool'.
When: effective April 26, 2018
What to Dos:
For those who have booked flights to Boracay on the dates indicated, check your Airlines' advisories - you may visit their website and Facebook pages for more information:
PAL and Cebupac have announced that all flights to Boracay and Caticlan will be cancelled and/or scaled down from April 26 - October 27. During the period, both airlines will also increase their flights in other domestic destinations.
Philippine Airlines - affected passengers of the Kalibo and Caticlan flights have the option to rebook/reroute/refund with penalties waived.
Cebu Pacific - affected passengers may take any of the following options: get a full refund, place the full value of the ticket in a travel fund for future use, rebook the flight, reroute to any domestic destination.
What Else to Do:
The closure of Boracay Island should be a lesson to everyone - may it be to local/foreign beach lovers-slash-party-goers, backpackers, travelers, travelers with 'hugots', local government units, and businesses; that, all of us should take our part in promoting responsible and sustainable tourism. Yes, a lot of sectors will greatly be affected, but if we're not going to act now, when are we going to start cleaning it up? Let's all hope that this impending 6-month-closure is not too late and can still save Boracay, the world's no. 1 island.
Sure, the developments that we have seen in Boracay for the past few weeks have made more people go gaga to visit Boracay. But hey chill! Let's give Boracay a time to rest and heal itself. I'm pretty sure everyone's so excited to see how clean would Boracay look like on October! See yah when I see yah! :)
Where else to Go:
Just make sure to take care of these places too, or else.
- Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte
- Saud Beach in Pagudpud
- Potipot Island in Zambales
- Gumasa Beach in Glan, Saranggani